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2005 BMW X3 SUV

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By PR
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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The 2.5 has been surprisingly zippy to drive. It is the best car on snow that I have ever owned. Very rough ride and poor fuel economy are my two key complaints. I've never had any significant problems and I have about 45,000 miles on it now. It had several nuisance problems while under warranty like rattles and problems with warning lights but nothing significant. BMW seems a little loose on their quality control, especially for the price. Overall, however, the car is excellent. I have noticed it is a head turner too. People still stop and look at it in parking lots and it is two years old.


Favorite Features

Vehicle looks, roomy interior and brakes. It will stop on a dime and give you nine cents change.


Suggested Improvements

Smoother ride and better fuel economy.


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120,000 miles later
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By jerry
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Consider this a VERY long term road test. Everybody loves their new car, but after 120,000 miles ours keeps getting better. It had some minor problems which developed under warranty and which were resolved while we drove new BMWs when ours was in service. Great in the snow, great long distance cruiser. Mpg annualizes at 21.7. All electrical stuff still performing well, gps probably ought to be updated but we don't use it all that much. Only possible drawback is it eats tires getting maybe 35k to a set.


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First BMW ever!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By andycindy8288
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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After my wife and I have bought the 2005 BMW X3 3.0i. We had no idea how different BMW's where compared to us having a toyota corolla and growing up with ford cars and hondas. At 82K miles we have yet to have any issues with our X3 3.0 aside from guzzling gas at an unexpected rate. But thats a given since we love to put it to the mettle with our 3.0i V6 on the high ways everyday we go to work, and we are on the highways a lot. We where surprised how a midsize SUV like the the BMW X3 3.0i can pack so much and have so many little surprises that you wont find out until you push it to the limit. It has ample enough room and yes the ride is rough, but this is a sports based midsize SUV.


Favorite Features

Power and torque is impeccable with the 3.0i engine especially the fact that it has an all wheel drive train. Enough room to fit my whole family speciously. Enough cargo room for luggage. Great sun/moon roof. Interior is designed liked an sports performance car, though a bit cheap looking but with a sporty feel to it. Controls and dials a easy to use. Great Dash board inter face. Body of the X3 feels like bullet proof. Sexy exterior design. 6 air bags, and has a five star frontal safety rating, and 4 star side impact. Thick interior soft plastic that is great for eliminating road nose. Impeccable sound system and easy to use radio controls. Seat warmers are great, never loose heat.


Suggested Improvements

Cost of maintenance is ridicules especially for minor things like oil changes and changing brake pads, you would think it wont be that much, but wait till you start dropping doe till your account is empty on this car just to keep it running. The manual sucks, just to know how to figure where to oil plug is, you would have to go to a mechanic to tell you that. My toyota's manual tells you where to oil plug is. Cheap plastic paint, it peals off. After 80K miles doors start to squeak, BMW cant figure out why. Not replacing new hinges $790. To much complications with on board computer systems. What happened to simple mechanical cars? Whats with all this computer crap in cars?


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Goodbye Trailblazer, 4ever.
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By Jack Schofield
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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A pleasure to drive. Quick, nimble, safe, efficient, comfortable, sounds great, looks great, smells great. Better Me Walk is not so true. BMW For Life. If people do their research, they will know that the X3 has a stiff ride. It is a small performance truck. DUH!!!!!!!!


Favorite Features

Handling


Suggested Improvements

None


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Wish it used less gas
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By yetialan
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Wow what a great car/truck/suv. I would expect it to get better gas mileage since it is based on a car platform. Awesome ride and handling and what an amazing sunroof. Got the red leather interior. Interesting no one has it so it looks sharp. Easy navigation system. Not that much room in the trunk area but certainly enough. Feels rock solid on the road and safe. Memory seating build into key fob has to be one of the best features along with heated steering wheel. Great sunroof. It sure holds its value. Hope this helps. Thanks


Favorite Features

Navigation system. Memory seating build into key fob has to be one of the best features along with heated steering wheel. BLUE TOOTH WITH PHONE IS GREAT!!!


Suggested Improvements

Better feel dash parts (some hard plastics). How about somewhere to put change and a cell phone without having to reach backwards to put it all in the center armrest where it makes a lot of noise. More cubbies Make the arm rest extend out like on my Saab so I can rest my elbow closer to the dash


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